After a some of rest (we slept just too little during the conferences) and catching up with the mail, I was willing to devote some time to write about my notes and feelings these days in Berlin.
I have plenty of annotations, tools to test and things to take a look at, but for the record, some interesting quotes 🙂
We already knew some people from the welcome party the day before (Sergi and Irakli from Tom Tom, Tobie Langel and Peter Svensson who were talking on Sunday) and after the ‘expect bacon’ breakfast the conference started. Briefing:
- Dion Almaer The Future of Web Applications He showed his vision about the evolution of the technology with an interesting perspective on the fuzzy division among the web and the desktop in the short term. It was really funny the Everythings Amazing & Nobody is Happy video from Louis CK, and this really applies to the software we are creating.
- Francisco Tomalsky Building Desktop-Caliber Web Apps With Cappuccino and Atlas An impressive talk and demo about Cappuccino (Cocoa on the web) and Atlas. They also are the responsibles of Mockingbird. We were talking with the these guys, and it may be possible to have this all this stuff running on GNU/Linux soon.
- Alexander Lang Writing apps on the edge with CouchDB. A nice approach to JSON based DBs. Sergi and Irakli also recommended us to try MongoDB
- Malte Ubl JOOSE Code syntax, coercions, comparison in terms of classes and prototypes with other languages, etc.
And later on the Nokia party was also really good. The snacks were great, all the food we had at Berlin, in fact. We also had a little bit of time to go for a walk and see the Brandenburg Gate spectacularly lit for the 20th anniversary of the Fall of The Wall.
- Amy Hoy Hard Refresh – Not Just Another LightboxVery innovative ideas about concepts on web design and user interaction (Motion, Interaction, Graphics and Differentiation). I promised her that I would be sending her a copy of the t-shirt I have in mind with the great quote I borrowed from her blog “If you polish shit, all you get is shit that’s shiny“.
- Steve Souders Performance Really interesting his analysis on the emotional reaction that makes the user feel slowness, and the tools he introduced browserscope.org, webpagetest.org, spriteme and pagespeed. Progressive rendering and enhancement are needed, deliver HTML first and defer JS loading and decoration.
- Jörn Zaefferer Developing web applications with jQuery UI Gave a quick overview on creating a shop from the scratch with jQuery. An interesting question was asket regarding to interaction in newer smartphones, to which the roadmap will have to manage interaction with multitouch events
- Nicole Sullivan A little off topic: on OOCSS Useful set of hints and techniques to keep CSS under control and make the architecture of the presentation styles more coherent. I do agree with her ‘code is fragile’ quote, and that’s even more explicit in CSS, but it’s still difficult to avoid.
- Fabian Jakobs Autopsy of a Widget An step-by-step implementation of a spinner component
Then another informal party in the Lounge of the Ïma Design Village, where all the conferences were done, a really cool place by the way.
This is as summarized as I could, an overview of what I saw at Berlin. For any other information I could have ask me, or see the rest of stuff is in their web, slideshare, Flickr, Twitter and so on ;p